Kirk Cousins spoke for Monday morning for the first time since a report of locker room rumblings over the Washington Redskins quarterback's performance this season surfaced after the 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reported, "Per a source with knowledge of the situation, multiple offensive players have begun to complain about quarterback Kirk Cousins, pointing to a lack of decisiveness, erratic play, and confusion."
Cousins threw for 364 yards Sunday, his second straight game to open the season. He also missed several open receivers (see below) and threw a damaging fourth quarter interception in the end zone. Dallas converted the turnover into the go-ahead touchdown as Washington fell to 0-2 despite two straight home games.
During his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan on the "Grant and Danny" show, the Florio report was broadly brought up to Cousins, who was asked how he handles such matters and if this particular story was an issue he planned on confronting.
"I think people respond with emotion like you said. 0-2 is 0-2. It's tough. No one wants to be there. I think we all feel like we're too good to be 0-2. We have too many players, too much talent. In a lot of ways, (we) just aren't playing playing at the level we're capable of.
"It's understandable. All I know to do as a leader, as a football player having been in this position before, having faced adversity before is you regroup. You don't put your tail between your legs. You don't get scared. You don't go cry in a corner. You feel like you got put up against a wall and you come out swinging. We have to get this done. We have to play better. I have to play better. You take ownership, you step to the forefront and you lead and you challenge guys and you say what you need to do better. I think together, we can do that. That's what I'm going to do. That's what I've done my whole life, my whole life as a football player. This no different. This not new territory for me. I've faced challenges before, adversity before on the football field. We're going to find a way to move forward and play better. We're going to do it together."
The quarterback acknowledged missing on throws that could have led to scores. Similar issues occurred in the Week 1 loss to Pittsburgh.
"I feel like I left a lot of plays out there. Specifically down in the red zone," Cousins said. "We talked about that being a point of emphasis. Didn't come away with the plays like we needed to and wanted to. There were throws here and there. We had opportunities I feel like I just let get away. ... Those are the plays that eat at you."
"It would be tough sitting here if we said, 'Boy, we aren't getting done what we need to get done and we don't know how to or we cant or the talent isn't there.I think the encouraging side, the half-glass-full side is we all know we can play better. We all know what we're capable of and we've shown flashes of it. We've been here before and as a result I take confidence in the fact that we got to get it going. But once we do, we can be very explosive."